Footholds preferred by turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenannie, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know what kind of roost (foothold) turkeys like for roosting? My chickens are on 2 x 4's with the flat side of, but do turkeys like something else?
     
  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Mine wont roost. They sleep on the ground.
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's interesting... Do they have a roost available? Are they adults?
    My poults slept on the ground for quite a while. Then they preferred the top of the fence. But now that i'm building them a roost I'd rather know what type is best.
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had Bronze turkeys when I was a kid. They never used the roosts, though they had them. They slept on the ground too... but they were also SUPER fat. [​IMG]
     
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    They have a roost, same as you have, basically. They still sleep on the ground. They are 4 months old and BIG (BB Bronze toms). I'm not sure why, but I have read some just prefer it.
     
  6. sbluvinit

    sbluvinit Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 bb bronze and 2 white grands or something and they all sleep on the top of the hens nesting box. it looks like a small box like home with a shingled roof and 4 hen boxes inside. They have a large thick branch in the center of thier boxed home but they never get on it. if they do roost it is on top of the fence coop that has a wood frame.
     
  7. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    We took a pine tree we had cut down about 6 inches in diameter and 20 feet long and placed it about 3 feet in the air. The hens and younger toms will roost on it but the older toms prefer to sleep on the ground.

    Steve in NC
     
  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heritage turkeys (Bourbon Reds) which can fly. I think those of you who have Bronzes and Whites are talking about the big meat turkeys who don't fly at all, or don't fly well. Last summer and winter, my 6 heritage turkeys flew 40 feet up in the air to roost in the top branches of the tree in my yard. The heritage ones, once they are 4 months old or so, don't like sleeping on the ground -- for whatever reason. They DO nest on the ground though. I was just looking for specifics about the size of the roosting pole which will be about 4 ft up.
     

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